Alice in Chains
Rainier Fog


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (345 Reviews)
September 6th, 2018 | 113 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alice in Chains’ sixth full-length album is a pleasant listen and that feels weird as hell to say.

When listening to Rainier Fog, I kept flashing back to Jerry Cantrell’s first solo album Boggy Depot. That’s a redundant statement since he’s the main voice and writer for both projects, which has been made especially apparent during Alice in Chains’ comeback era. But both albums have a similarly grounded approach where their somber tones don’t trample on the more riff-oriented song structures. It gets to the point where certain songs even echo one another; “Never Fade” is an upbeat rocker like “Dickeye” while “Maybe” and “All I Am” recall ballads like “Breaks My Back” and “Between.”

Of course, Alice’s recent outings have managed to set themselves apart from Jerry’s solo stuff and even their classic 90s material thanks to a doomier style and workmanlike songwriting. Rainier Fog is certainly no exception, as songs like lead singles “The One You Know” and “So Far Under” strike the band’s patented balance of dissonant catchiness, while “Fly” and “All I Am” fill out the ballad quota. The album even throws out a couple wild cards such as the bluesy “Drone” despite a shorter runtime.

And with this lineup nearing a decade of time together, it goes without saying that their musicianship is as tight as ever. Cantrell may still hold the keys with his fluid solos and signature voice, but co-vocalist/guitarist William DuVall remains a solid player; his harmonies are as smooth as ever and he seems to have gotten more lead spots in this time around. I find myself wishing Mike Inez’s bass was louder, but it can always be felt within the layers of sludge.

Alice in Chains’ sixth full-length album is a pleasant listen and that feels weird as hell to say. Sure, it’s mopey by normal rock standards and their last album cemented this “riffs over extreme melancholy” attitude, but Rainier Fog’s more compact runtime and shorter track list really drive the point home. The songs are still well written and keep that unique Alice sound, even if they don’t make you want to crawl in a hole and die like Dirt and Tripod. I kinda hope the band releases material more frequently if they’ll all be this scaled back (like maybe another EP?) but they’ve earned the right to take their time. If they just want to poke their head in every now and then to let us know how they’re doing, I can’t bitch too much.

Highlights:
“Drone”
“So Far Under”
“Never Fade”
˝All I Am”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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JustJoe.
September 6th 2018


10226 Comments


This guy low-key has 239 reviews.

*pos*

SymbolicInTime
September 6th 2018


6980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And with 97% approval damn

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
September 6th 2018


12511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"And with this lineup nearing a decade of time together"



They've been together since 2006, even though they only put out their first record together in 2009. But good review man. Pos!

Tunaboy45
September 6th 2018


17252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is just a damn solid album to listen to, you can stick it on and just enjoy it. Pos.

Wildcardbitchesss
September 7th 2018


4598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"If they just want to poke their head in every now and then to let us know how they’re doing, I can’t bitch too much."

Love this line. Great review.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2018


22900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

239 reviews. Goddamn.



Solid as always Chris. Pos'd.

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ksoflas
September 7th 2018


1323 Comments


Pos'd for sure. Good job with the review.

Spec
September 7th 2018


36105 Comments


Yeah but how many users view reviews of classic albums in 2018?

ClungeAbsentia
September 8th 2018


107 Comments


Gotta respect someone with that many reviews.

heylyla
September 8th 2018


130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Title track is a banger. One of Jerry's best

Plunder
September 12th 2018


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So Far Under, Drone, Deaf Ears Blind Eyes m/



The more Sabbath-like tunes

Spiral Skies
September 12th 2018


204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. This has some jams but is their weakest.

Tunaboy45
September 14th 2018


17252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hooooo boy did this end up being forgettable

SymbolicInTime
September 14th 2018


6980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Forgettable? Damn I haven’t spun this in a couple weeks now and The One You Know still creeps into my head a few times a day

Tunaboy45
September 15th 2018


17252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The One You Know is the a fitting title because that's about the only one I remember.

Wildcardbitchesss
September 15th 2018


4598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

might be because it's the lead single and has been out since may

*taps finger against head*

SymbolicInTime
September 15th 2018


6980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mean am I the only one that never heard it til I spun the album?

Tunaboy45
September 15th 2018


17252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Except it's not that because I didn't listen to any of the singles prior to release



*curls chest hair around finger*

Wildcardbitchesss
September 15th 2018


4598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Touche

HailSuffo
September 18th 2018


34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Weird to think that DuVall has been involved with AIC longer than Layne was



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